Cracks, potholes, and other damage can make asphalt pavement hard to maintain, especially in high traffic areas like parking lots. Presenting a safe and smooth parking lot is important to protect your visitors and keep your business looking capable and responsible. Repairing asphalt or resurfacing it can be very costly, but with proper maintenance, however, you can extend the life of a parking area and save money on repair costs. Here are some tips on how to keep your asphalt in great shape and prevent premature cracking. Continue reading
Many tasks to repair, replace, or simply remove a parking lot or other structure can result in piles of leftover asphalt or concrete. The need to consistently maintain these materials, especially in high traffic areas, calls for massive production of concrete and asphalt, but the good news is that many times these materials can be gathered and recycled for future use.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires by Federal Law that certain buildings provide Wheelchair Ramps that meet specific standards. This code allows everyone equal access to the building, which typically does not include residences, but applies to most spaces with public access, such as businesses, churches, schools, and other locations. Sidewalks, parking lots, parks, and other outdoor areas will also typically be required to meet these guidelines with ramps made of concrete or other materials.
These guidelines are developed to grant easy and safe access to public buildings for those with disabilities, such as those requiring the use of wheelchairs or crutches.
Wheelchair Ramp Codes include several specifications, including:
- The ramp must include one foot of length for every inch of rise, leading to a 1:12 ramp slope ratio
- Turn platforms must be a minimum of 5’ by 5’
- Ramps must have at least 36 inches of space across the ramp
- There can only be 30’ of a ramp before a rest or turn platform
- Handrails must be between 34” and 38” on both sides of the ramp
- Ramps must have at least a 5’ by 5’ unobstructed and flat area at the top and bottom of the ramp
- Ramps must be constructed in such a way that water will not accumulate on walking surfaces
Businesses can face significant fines for failing to comply with these regulations. Many companies have been penalized for violations by the Department of Justice, from Walmart to hotels.
Property managers and business owners must proactively ensure that their buildings are compliant with ADA regulations in order to avoid severe consequences, as well as to ensure that their properties are easily accessible to any individuals. When repairs, renovations, or new buildings are being constructed, owners should ensure that any contractors used are familiar with ADA regulations and have experience in adhering to these guidelines.
Asphalt is used widely in roads, parking lots, and other construction that millions of people come in contact with every day. It’s durability and ease of repair makes it an ideal choice for paving high traffic areas, and many businesses choose it for their parking lots. However, moisture, traffic, and other conditions will inevitably lead to the development of cracks and holes. Properly maintaining asphalt and repairing these issues can greatly extend its lifetime and can help provide a safer surface for visitors to drive or walk over.
Keeping asphalt clean is important to maintain its integrity and appearance. Regularly sweeping and cleaning the surface can increase its durability and make it easier to spot any developing cracks. In addition, certain materials can adversely affect asphalt and should be immediately cleaned from it, including oil, grease, gasoline, salt, and other petroleum products.
Cracks will inevitably develop in any type of asphalt and should be filled as soon as possible. If left unaddressed, cracks will grow and become more difficult to repair. Cracks will accumulate water, which can seep into the asphalt and cause even further damage. Depending on whether the damage includes a crack bigger than ½ an inch or a pothole, there are different materials that can be used for repairs. Cold crack filler, hot pour rubberized crack filler, and a cold asphalt patch are all available options that quickly fix various issues.
One of the most important steps to protect a parking lot or road is the process of regular sealcoating. Sealcoating is an excellent method of preserving the life of asphalt that should be applied 6 months after its initial installation. It should be subsequently checked every 12 – 24 months following the initial application and replaced when needed. Signs of deterioration include discoloration from the original dark black to a faded gray appearance and small pieces of rock loosening in the asphalt surface.
Parking lots are a site of frequent traffic and can make an important statement about a business. Taking the time to proactively fix and protect your asphalt can save your business thousands in repair costs. A clean and well-maintained parking lot sends a message to customers that your business want them to have a great experience at the store, and you can help keep visitors safe by preventing dangerous cracks and holes.
Asphalt care may vary depending on the climate of your location, the type of asphalt used, and other factors. If you have any concerns or questions about your asphalt installation, contact an experienced asphalt installer.
A happy home is made up of a vast number of parts, from the quality of the roofing to the maintenance of the lawn. The fence protecting your home and family is equally important and can provide a number of benefits for you and your loved ones. With the variety of residential fencing available, there’s something perfect for every home. There are a number of materials to choose from, and it’s important to pick the choice that best fits your family and property.
Home Fencing Options
Wood fencing is a popular choice for residential needs, as a selection of styles, colors, and finishes can be chosen to fit the aesthetic of your home. While an unfinished, natural wood would compliment a rustic style, a simplistic, white fence could be the perfect touch for a more modern design. With their solid structures and complete coverage, wooden fences help keep homes safe and private.
For a more weather-resistant alternative to wood or metal, vinyl varieties, also known as PVC fencing, offer elegant or simple designs in a variety of shapes. While wood can rot after years of exposure to moisture and other elements, vinyl will last much longer, and will never need to be painted. Due to its resistance to water damage, vinyl fencing is a popular option for use near swimming pools.
Metal and wrought iron fences are both aesthetically pleasing and durable, providing a long-term solution for security. With proper maintenance, these fences can last over 50 years, and they can increase the value of a property if added. Although larger openings allow for less privacy and security, these styles can usually be paired with access gates and other features that make them a popular option for both traditional and modern homes.
Chain link fences remain the most common type of residential fencing, as this option remains affordable and provides great security, especially in the back yards of homes with children or pets. This versatile option can be painted and easily change directions in planning or installation.
The gauge of the wire used and openings in the mesh can be changed to provide numerous options for security, price, and durability.
Fence Installation Choices
Choosing a fence that fits your budget and preferences can still be challenging, but consulting with a fencing professional can be extremely helpful when review your options. Certain issues, such as landscaping and other concerns, may limit your available choices, so speaking with an experienced fence installation company can reduce your stress when deciding and answer any specific questions that you may have in regards to the best fencing option for your unique needs.
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A-1 Construction Services has served the greater Houston area for over two decades as the most trusted contract company when it comes to repairing and restriping parking lots. Parking Lot repairs are critically important for a city to function; damaged asphalt can be extremely detrimental to traffic, commerce, pedestrian activity, and parking. Continue reading
Handicap ramps are mandated by the Federal government and absolutely necessary for all sidewalks, crosswalks, and building entryways. Building these ramps is an extremely precise and exacting job, and requires a strict knowledge of all ADA and TDLR codes. Here at A-1 Construction Services, we are fully equipped and trained to build ADA Compliant Ramps to minimize the risk of rejected work, so that you know the job is getting done correctly the first time. Continue reading
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